The British SSE Renewables arrives in Spain with its first wind farm in La Rioja

The British SSE Renewables lands in Spain with the construction of its first eolico Park land in the country. Situated in Santa Engracia del Jubera (La Rioja), will have 11 wind turbines from the German brand Nordex and some 64 megawatts (MW) of power. Is he second project which begins to be built since the company acquired 2.4 gigawatts (GW) of wind and land projects in the southern Europe in 2022after construction of the wind farm began in September last year Chaintrix-Bierges and Vélyein it northeastern France.

SSE Renewables is a promoter and operator of renewable energy based in United Kingdom and Ireland. It is the renewable arm of the company infrastructure energetic SSE plc which is listed on the stock exchange in the United Kingdom. It has an operational portfolio of around 4.5 GW of installed capacity of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydroelectric generation, with which it produces around 10 terawatt-hours (TWh) and a developing portfolio of almost 15GW. And it plans to invest around 8 billion euros until 2027 to increase its installed capacity by about 9 GW.

The British company aspires to be a renowned actor in Spain, where it has a portfolio of 320MW of renewable projects in an advanced stage of development, among which is ‘Jubera’. The beginning of the civil engineering works in the Riojan region has begun with the objective of finish construction within two years and begin the implementation of the operation end of 2025. It is expected to be operational for 30 years.

“Spain is a important market for SSE Renewables”, says in a statement the director of Development and Construction for Southern Europe, Angel Hernandez who trusts in “helping to fulfill the ambitious renewable energy goals” of Spain with the construction of the 320 MW portfolio of projects under development.

“The start of construction of this wind farm in Santa Engracia del Jubera It is a very important milestone for the company in the country, and also shows our commitment to bringing renewable energy to as many countries as possible. spanish homes. Our goal is to be a key actor in Spain and lead the net zero transition through the development, investment, construction and exploitation of renewable energies. We hope that this project in La Rioja will be the first of many for the company in the country”, adds the general director of development in Spain of SSE Renewables, Juan Barrero.

Environmental monitoring

During the construction phase, SSE Renewables will apply a environmental monitoring programwith a professional dedicated to environment which will be present on site, while once the operation of the wind farm has started and to avoid bird collisionsa system of detection and anti-collision. Additionally, they will be used thermal cameras with three dimensional night vision to monitor the passage of the batsso that when necessary the turbines can be stopped to protect them.

Once construction is completed, the park will generate enough low-carbon renewable energy to power about 55,000 homes per year and will offset nearly 34,000 metric tons of carbon from electricity generation per year, according to the company’s calculations. Additionally, the company expects the project to generate more than 200 direct and indirect jobs full time.

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